Shivers

1975

Action / Horror / Sci-Fi

41
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 61%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 14272

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David Cronenberg as Infected in the crowd / The stabbed shoulder
Barbara Steele as Betts
Joan Blackman as Elevator Mother
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by BlackBalloon 7 / 10

competent debut, given the circumstances and time period

Cronenberg's directorial feature film debut is built around a now-familiar amalgamation of sex, technology, and medicine gone mad. The Canadian "Shivers" (original American release title "They Came From Within", aka "The Parasite Murders") opens with a slide show advertising a creepily perfect-sounding high-rise apartment building isolated on an island but just minutes away from downtown Montreal. We are told that the complex contains practically everything necessary to maintain a comfortable life- medical and dental practices, clothing stores, a gift shop, a deli, recreation, etc. Ideally, it would seem, the only reasons a resident would leave would be to work, socialize with non-residents, or take a vacation, if that wasn't too redundant. But of course, something terrible is just under the polished surface.

Cronenberg's direction is obviously not as polished as in later features, but we begin to see his signature style translated well into a full-length format.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

An icky debut for David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg's first 'proper' movie (outside of his student efforts) is a grim and icky slice of visceral horror that's instantly recognisable in spirit from his later 1980s efforts. It's a cold and compelling story of horror that breaks out in an apartment building due to a failed scientific experiment, and it's full of all the nastiness that the director is best known for. Inspired by NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD in parts, it in turn has been hugely influential in the depiction of monstrous slugs parasitising the human body; check out the later likes of NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, THE HIDDEN, and SLITHER, which would offer some very similar creations.

Although the low budget is always apparent here and makes the experience sometimes creaky, as a whole SHIVERS works. The gore scenes are look-away nasty, and the characters are well drawn, with a couple of actors standing out thanks to their sheer likability (Joe Silver in particular). The casting of Barbara Steele is a nice touch for horror fans, while Cronenberg builds suspense throughout, leading to some great moments towards the climax. If you like your horror imaginative and rough around the edges, then SHIVERS is the film for you; the director's similar follow-up, RABID, is even better. And if you're in two minds about this film's quality, check out Ben Wheatley's recent HIGH RISE, which has similar horror affecting a tower block, but is by far the inferior picture despite a much bigger budget.

Reviewed by GruesomeTwosome 7 / 10

Early Cronenberg develops some of his trademark themes

This early David Cronenberg body horror effort is rough around the edges (low budget, some not-so-great acting) but it's an interesting take on "infection" horror.

The setting, as detailed in a somewhat unsettling advertisement that kicks off the film, is a new high-rise apartment building full of amenities on an isolated Canadian island. A perfect setting for mass parasitic infection to let loose utter chaos, and the whole film takes place here. Things are kicked off by a scientist (yep, he's a bit mad) who believes that genetically engineered parasites can be placed into bodies for organ transplants, and also to return humanity back to matters of the flesh (i.e., our base sexual instincts). Of course, his experiment all goes wrong and a parasite is set loose in the apartment building, causing residents one-by-one to become infected and spread it through sexual promiscuity.

The recent Ben Wheatley film High-Rise (2015) reminded me a bit of this one, as it also uses an upscale, socially isolated high-rise apartment building as a setting for gradual, social devolution leading to moral decay and outright chaos. Interestingly enough, the JG Ballard novel that High-Rise adapts came out in 1975 just like Shivers, and Cronenberg of course has a Ballard connection since he adapted Crash in 1996. Of course, there is some good ol' Cronenberg body horror, with icky crawly parasites being spewed out of people's mouths. It's a solid early effort in what would become a great career. I wouldn't call this a conventionally "scary" horror film, but the sheer psychosexual anxiety is certainly palpable. Greatness lay ahead for this Canadian visionary.

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